How Stress Affects Your Child's Oral Health

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Is stress a good thing or a bad thing? Experts say too little stress can cause boredom, while too much can lead to poor oral health. On the other hand, just enough can help spice up your life and motivate you to do better. Surveys reveal that adults handle and cope with stress better than children do. Unfortunately, when kids are stressed, it can affect their oral health. If your child is suffering from stress-induced oral health issues, you should consider speaking with a children’s dentist in Fort Lauderdale.

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How Can Stress Affect Your Child’s Mouth?  

Teeth Grinding  

Teeth grinding or bruxism is an unconscious habit of grinding teeth. Unfortunately, this can lead to premature enamel erosion. Without intervention, it will lead to loose teeth and, inevitably, tooth loss.

As teeth grinding continues, other problems develop, such as TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder, headaches, and gum recession. If your child grinds their teeth, especially at night, you should let their pediatric dentist know about it to address the issue. Pediatric dentists usually prescribe a protective appliance (nightguard) to prevent your child’s teeth from rubbing against each other.   

Poor Oral Hygiene

Did you know that too much stress can cause your child to skip brushing and flossing? They either forget to do it, or they deliberately avoid it. Unfortunately, if your child doesn’t follow an oral care routine, plaque will build up and wreak havoc in their mouth. This means they’ll be susceptible to cavity formation, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.

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Are You Looking for a Children’s Dentist in Fort Lauderdale?  

If you need help preserving, maintaining, and improving your child’s oral health, you don’t have to look far. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we take pride in our team of highly skilled and trained clinicians.  

We offer the best possible service and results, and we are committed to continual education and learning because we believe you deserve nothing but the best. Call us today for an appointment.

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